Doctor Who

Novelisations: First Doctor: Season 3 / Season 4

Novelisations: First Doctor
Archive Status / DVD Releases

Season 3 is the beginning of the most under-represented era of Doctor Who in the BBC archives, with only seventeen of its forty-five episodes still in existence. The Ark, The Gunfighters and The War Machines are all complete, with the remaining examples being the third episode of Galaxy 4 (Air Lock), three episodes from the epic The Daleks' Master Plan (Day of Armageddon / Counter Plot / Escape Switch), and the concluding episode of The Celestial Toymaker (The Final Test). A six minute extract from the first episode of Galaxy 4 (Four Hundred Dawns) also exists.

Of the two First Doctor stories from Season 4, only the first three episodes of The Tenth Planet still exist.

All remaining episodes are held in the form of 16mm telerecordings.

All of the existing First Doctor episodes from Seasons 3 and 4 have now been released on DVD in both the UK and the United States. The Gunfighters was released in the UK as part of the Earth Story box set. The remaining episodes of The Daleks' Master Plan and The Celestial Toymaker were included in the Lost in Time box set, which gathered together what were, at the time, all of the "orphaned" episodes which weren't sufficient to form a DVD release on their own. Air Lock, the third episode from Galaxy 4, was finally released in 2013 on the Special Edition release of the Season 1 story The Aztecs. The release of The Tenth Planet in October 2013 saw the missing final episode being represented by a newly-created animation, which utilised the existing off-air soundtrcak to the episode. All releases are subtitled.

Fortunately, all 97 missing episodes of Doctor Who exist in the form of off-air audio recordings, made at the time of their original transmission by fans in the UK and Australia, and have been released on CD with linking narration by a member of the cast. More recently, five CD box sets containing all of the stories which contain missing episodes have been released. The soundtracks to Galaxy 4 and The Myth Makers were included in the Collection One set. The Massacre, The Daleks' Master Plan, The Celestial Toymaker and The Savages comprised Collection Two, with The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet being included as part of Collection Three. All of the stories are also available to download individually.
Doctor Who: Galaxy Four

by
William Emms
Cover image: Doctor Who, Galaxy Four, WH Allen (1985)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date November 1985
Original Price 6.50
ISBN 0491036914
Cover Artist Andrew Skilleter

A novelisation of the 1965 television story Galaxy 4, featuring the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven Taylor.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Galaxy Four
UK | Paperback | Target Books | April 1986 | 1.60 | 0426202023 | No.104

Following a skirmish in deep space, two alien spacecraft have crashlanded on a barren planet in Galaxy 4.

The Drahvins are a race of beautiful females, led by the imperious Maaga. The Rills are hideous tusked monstrosities, accompanied by their robotic servants, the Chumblies.

When the Doctor arrives, he discovers that the planet will explode in two days' time. The Drahvins desperately ask for his help in escaping the planet and the belligerent Rills.

But things are not always as they seem...
Television Story
Galaxy 4

4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

11/09/65 Four Hundred Dawns William Emms
18/09/65 Trap of Steel William Emms
25/09/65 Airlock William Emms
02/10/65 The Exploding Planet William Emms
Notes
  • Apart from Mission to Venus in the Make Your Own Adventure series of Doctor Who game books, Galaxy 4 was William Emms' only produced contribution to the world of Doctor Who. The scripts to the story were released by Titan Books in July 1994 under the title Galaxy 4.
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers

by
Donald Cotton
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Myth Makers, WH Allen (1985)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date April 1985
Original Price 6.25
ISBN 0491035802
Cover Artist Andrew Skilleter

A novelisation of the 1965 television story The Myth Makers, featuring the First Doctor, Vicki, Steven Taylor and Katarina.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Myth Makers
UK | Paperback | Target Books | September 1985 | 1.50 | 0426201701 | No.97

Long, long ago on the great plains of Asia Minor, two mighty armies faced each other in mortal combat. The armies were the Greeks and the Trojans and the prize they were fighting for was Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.

To the Greeks it seemed that the city of Troy was impregnable and only a miracle could bring them success.

And then help comes to them in a most unexpected way as a strange blue box materialises close to their camp, bringing with it the Doctor, Steven and Vicki, who soon find themselves caught up in the irreversible tide of history and legend...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Myth Makers
UK | 4 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | April 2008 | 13.25 | 978-1405687652
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Stephen Thorne. The release re-used the original Andrew Skilleter cover artwork.
Stephen Thorne reads this delightful novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure

Long, long ago on the great plains of Asia Minor, two mighty armies faced each other in mortal combat. The armies were the Greeks and the Trojans and the prize they were fighting for was Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.

To the Greeks it seemed that the city of Troy was impregnable and only a miracle could bring them success.

And then help comes to them in a most unexpected way as a strange blue box materialises close to their camp, bringing with it the Doctor, Steven and Vicki, who soon find themselves caught up in the irreversible tide of history and legend...

Stephen Thorne, who appeared in several episodes of the classic BBC TV Doctor Who series, reads Donald Cotton's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1985.

'BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects'
Doctor Who Magazine
The Myth Makers was also included in the Doctor Who Classics: The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters omnibus from Star Books in August 1988.
Television Story
The Myth Makers
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

16/10/65 Temple of Secrets Donald Cotton
23/10/65 Small Prophet, Quick Return Donald Cotton
30/10/65 Death of a Spy Donald Cotton
06/11/65 Horse of Destruction Donald Cotton
Notes
  • The Myth Makers was the first of Donald Cotton's three novelisations for Target Books, and the first of two which would be based on his own scripts. Like all of his Doctor Who novelisations, The Myth Makers is written in the first person, in this instance from the point of view of Homer. That's the ancient Greek poet, rather than Simpson...
  • The Myth Makers was the final television story to feature Vicki, who left the TARDIS to marry Troilus at the conclusion. Unsurprisingly, she had spent the majority of the story being called Cressida.

    Horse of Destruction also saw the first appearance of Katarina, although she would only go on to appear in the first few episodes of The Daleks' Master Plan before being killed off.
Doctor Who: Mission to the Unknown — The Daleks' Master Plan: Part I

by
John Peel
Cover image: Doctor Who, Mission to the Unknown, Target Books (1989)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date September 1989
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 0426203437
Cover Artist Alister Pearson
Book Number No.141

A novelisation of the 1965 episode Mission to the Unknown and the first six episodes of the 1965/6 story The Daleks' Master Plan, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Katarina.

Back Cover Blurb
Stranded in the jungles of Kembel, the most hostile planet in the Galaxy, Space Security agent Marc Cory has stumbled across the most deadly plot ever hatched — the Daleks are about to invade and destroy the Universe. Cory has to get a warning back to Earth before it's too late — but the Daleks find him first.

Months later the Doctor and his companions arrive on Kembel and find Cory's message. But it may already be too late for Earth — the Daleks' Masterplan had already begun...
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Daleks: Mission to the Unknown
UK | 5 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | May 2010 | 13.25 | 978-1408409985
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Peter Purves and Jean Marsh. The release re-used the original Alister Pearson cover artwork.
Television Story
Mission to the Unknown
1 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

09/10/65 Mission to the Unknown Terry Nation

The Daleks' Master Plan, Episodes 1-6
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

13/11/65 The Nightmare Begins Terry Nation
20/11/65 Day of Armageddon Terry Nation
27/11/65 Devil's Planet Terry Nation
04/12/65 The Traitors Terry Nation
11/12/65 Counter Plot Terry Nation
18/12/65 Coronas of the Sun Dennis Spooner
Notes
  • Mission to the Unknown was the second of John Peel's five Dalek novelisations for Target, being published just two months after The Chase.
  • The novelisation of The Daleks' Master Plan was the only one to be split over two novels. Episodes 7-12 were novelised in The Mutation of Time — The Daleks' Masterplan: Part II.
  • The Daleks' Master Plan included the second and final appearance of Katarina, who had been introduced in The Myth Makers.
  • Discounting The Trial of a Time Lord, which was effectively four separate stories with linking scenes of the Sixth Doctor on trial, The Dalek's Master Plan is the longest story in the series' history, running to twelve episodes — thirteen if you count the one-off Mission to the Unknown which was broadcast prior to The Myth Makers. Notably, it is the only episode of Doctor Who not to include any of the regular characters.
Doctor Who: The Mutation of Time — The Daleks' Master Plan: Part II

by
John Peel
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Mutation of Time, Target Books (1989)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date October 1989
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 0426203445
Cover Artist Alister Pearson
Book Number No.142

A novelisation of the final six episodes of the 1965/6 story The Daleks' Master Plan, featuring the First Doctor and Steven Taylor.

Alister Pearson's front cover art was one of two pieces reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993) to represent Season 3 of the television series.

Back Cover Blurb
The Daleks' Masterplan is well under way. With the Time Destroyer, the most deadly machine ever devised, they will conquer the Universe. Only one person stands in their way — the Doctor. For he has stolen the Taranium Core which is vital to activate the machine.

Travelling through Time and Space, the Doctor and his companions are forever on the move in case the Daleks track them down.

But after several months, to their horror, the TARDIS indicates that they are being followed...
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: Daleks: Mutation of Time
UK | 5 × CD | BBC Audiobooks | June 2010 | 13.25 | 978-1408409992
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Peter Purves and Jean Marsh. The release re-used the original Alister Pearson cover artwork. Unlike the majority of other audiobooks in the range, it was not made available to buy as a download.
Television Story
The Daleks' Master Plan, Episodes 7-12
6 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

25/12/65 The Feast of Steven Terry Nation
01/01/66 Volcano Dennis Spooner
08/01/66 Golden Death Dennis Spooner
15/01/66 Escape Switch Dennis Spooner
22/01/66 The Abandoned Planet Dennis Spooner
29/01/66 Destruction of Time Dennis Spooner
Notes
Doctor Who: The Massacre

by
John Lucarotti
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Massacre, WH Allen (1987)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date June 1987
Original Price 7.50
ISBN 0491034237
Cover Artist Tony Masero

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Massacre
UK | Paperback | Target Books | November 1987 | 1.95 | 042620297X | No.122

The TARDIS lands in Paris on 19 August 1572. Driven by scientific curiosity, the Doctor leaves Steven to meet and exchange views with the apothecary, Charles Preslin.

Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay out of 'mischief, religion and politics.' But in sixteenth-century Paris it is impossible to remain a mere observer, and Steven soon finds himself involved with a group of Huguenots.

The protestant minority of France is being threatened by the Catholic hierarchy, and danger stalks the Paris streets. As Steven tries to find his way back to the TARDIS he discovers that one of the main persecutors of the Huguenots appears to be — the Doctor.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Massacre
UK | Paperback | Target Books | October 1992 | 2.99 | 042620297X | No.122
A brand new edition, with new cover art by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

05/02/66 War of God John Lucarotti
12/02/66 The Sea Beggar John Lucarotti
19/02/66 Priest of Death John Lucarotti
26/02/66 Bell of Doom John Lucarotti
Notes
  • The Massacre was the last of John Lucarotti's three television stories to be novelised, but, unlike those based on Marco Polo and The Aztecs, it differs significantly from the story seen on screen. Lucarotti's scripts had been altered significantly prior to being produced in 1966 and, being unhappy with the changes, he took the opportunity to set the record straight when asked to novelise the story.
  • The concluding moments of Bell of Doom feature the arrival in the series of Dodo Chaplet.
Doctor Who: The Ark

by
Paul Erickson
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Ark, WH Allen (1986)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date October 1986
Original Price 7.25
ISBN 0491039638
Cover Artist David McAllister

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Ark, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Ark
UK | Paperback | Target Books | March 1987 | 1.75 | 0426202538 | No.114

It is ten million years in the future and the Earth is about to plunge into the sun. A gigantic Space Ark has been launched to take the last of humanity to a new life on the planet Refusis. Accompanying the Humans on their journey are the Monoids, strange reptilian creatures from an alien world.

When the TARDIS materialises on board, the Doctor and his friends are greeted with suspicion which soon turns to open hostility when Dodo inadvertently infects the Ark's crew with a long-forgotten virus.

It is an accident which will have a terrible effect on mankind, an effect that will last for seven hundred years.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Ark
UK | Paperback | Target Books | November 1992 | 2.99 | 0426202538 | No.114
A brand new edition, with new cover art by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Ark
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

05/03/66 The Steel Sky Paul Erickson
12/03/66 The Plague Paul Erickson
19/03/66 The Return Paul Erickson
26/03/66 The Bomb Paul Erickson
Notes
  • The Ark was Paul Erickson's only work for the Doctor Who universe. He is probably best known for co-creating the long-running ITV soap-opera Crossroads.
Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

by
Gerry Davis
and
Alison Bingeman
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Celestial Toymaker, WH Allen (1986)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date June 1986
Original Price 6.95
ISBN 0491032323
Cover Artist Graeme Potts

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Celestial Toymaker, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.

Graeme Pott's front cover art was one of two pieces reproduced in David J Howe's large-format book Timeframe: An Illustrated History (Doctor Who Books, 1993) to represent Season 3 of the television series.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker
UK | Paperback | Target Books | November 1986 | 1.60 | 0426202511 | No.111

Somewhere outside space and time there waits the Celestial Toymaker, an enigmatic being who ensnares unwary travellers into his domain to play out his dark and deadly games.

Separated from the TARDIS, the Doctor is forced to play the complex trilogic game with the evil magician. Meanwhile, Dodo and Steven must enter into a series of tests with, amongst others, the schoolboy Cyril and the King and Queen of Hearts.

If they lose, they are condemned to become the Toymaker's playthings for all of eternity. For in the malevolent wonderland that is the Celestial Toyroom, nothing is just for fun...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker
UK | Paperback | Target Books | December 1992 | 2.99 | 0426202511 | No.111
A brand new edition, with new cover art by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Celestial Toymaker
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

02/04/66 The Celestial Toyroom Brian Hayles
09/04/66 The Hall of Dolls Brian Hayles
16/04/66 The Dancing Floor Brian Hayles
23/04/66 The Final Test Brian Hayles
Notes
  • The Celestial Toymaker was the last of Gerry Davis' five Doctor Who novelisations for Target Books, and the only one based on a script which he hadn't at least co-written himself.
  • Brian Hayles would go on to write a further five scripts for Doctor Who, novelising both The Ice Warriors and The Curse of Peladon himself.
  • Alison Bingeman went on to become a television script writer, with her most high-profile credit being Oath, a Season 2 episode of CSI: Miami. Her other genre credits include episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Beyond Reality, RoboCop, The Outer Limits, Forever Knight and The Lost World.
  • The character of the Toymaker was due to have made a return appearance in the television series in The Nightmare Fair, the opening story of Season 23 in 1986. However, the extended holiday the show had that year meant that the planned story was abandoned. Graham Williams' novelisation of his unproduced scripts was eventually released by Target Books in May 1989. The character later appeared in Gary Russell's Fifth Doctor novel Divided Loyalties, which was published by BBC Books in 1999.
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters

by
Donald Cotton
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Gunfighters, WH Allen (1985)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date July 1985
Original Price 6.25
ISBN 049103721X
Cover Artist Andrew Skilleter

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Gunfighters, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.

Andrew Skilleter's cover art was reproduced in the large-format book Blacklight: The Art of Andrew Skilleter (Doctor Who Books, 1995).

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Gunfighters
UK | Paperback | Target Books | January 1986 | 1.60 | 0426201957 | No.101

Back in the gun-totin', hard-hittin', fast-shootin' days of the Old Wild West, when outlaws ruled the land and the good guys stayed off the streets, a troupe of travelling players — Miss Dodo Dupont, Steven Regret and the mysterious Doctor Caligari — moseyed into the town of Tombstone one October afternoon.

Their method of transportation was a mite peculiar though. After all, a police box materialising out of thin air sure ain't the usual way to enter a sedate town like Tombstone...

And when the Doctor and his partners meet up with Wyatt Earp and the notorious Clanton brothers, they soon find out that the scene is all set for high noon at the O.K. Corral...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Gunfighters
UK | 4 × CD | AudioGO | February 2013 | 13.25 | 978-1445829487
Unabridged reading of the novelisation, narrated by Shane Rimmer, who played Seth Harper in the original television story.
The Gunfighters was also included in the Doctor Who Classics: The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters omnibus from Star Books in August 1988.
Television Story
The Gunfighters
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

30/04/66 A Holiday for the Doctor Donald Cotton
07/05/66 Don't Shoot the Pianist Donald Cotton
14/05/66 Johnny Ringo Donald Cotton
21/05/66 The OK Corral Donald Cotton
Notes
  • The Gunfighters was the second and last story written for the television series by Donald Cotton, and was also the second of his three Doctor Who novelisations to be published. Like both The Myth Makers and The Romans it was written in the first person, in this instance from the point of view of a character named Ned Buntline. And before anyone goes scurrying for an episode guide, no, Ned wasn't seen on screen in the television story.
  • Despite being a programme involving time travel, Doctor Who rarely features genuine historical situations or characters. Being set during one of the most infamous and oft-dramatised incidents in American history makes The Gunfighters almost unique in the television series' history.
Doctor Who: The Savages

by
Ian Stuart Black
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Savages, WH Allen (1986)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date March 1986
Original Price 6.95
ISBN 0491036027
Cover Artist David McAllister

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Savages, featuring the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Savages
UK | Paperback | Target Books | September 1986 | 1.60 | 0426202309 | No.109

Landing on a distant planet, the Doctor confidently announces to his companions that the TARDIS has brought them to an age of great advancement, peace and prosperity.

The Doctor's calculations seem to be confirmed when the travellers are greeted by Jano and the Elders who take them on a tour of their city — a haven of beauty, harmony and friendship, set in a wilderness inhabited by tribes of Savages.

But the security of the city is founded on one deadly and appalling secret. Soon the Doctor and his friends discover that it is not only outside the city walls that savages dwell...
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Savages
UK | Paperback | Target Books | November 1992 | 2.99 | 0426202309 | No.109
A brand new edition, with new cover art by Alister Pearson.
Television Story
The Savages
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

28/05/66 Episode 1 Ian Stuart Black
04/06/66 Episode 2 Ian Stuart Black
11/06/66 Episode 3 Ian Stuart Black
18/06/66 Episode 4 Ian Stuart Black
Notes
  • The Savages was the first of Ian Stuart Black's three television stories to be novelised — all of them being written by the man himself. The Macra Terror was released in 1987 with The War Machines completing the set in 1989.
  • The Savages was the final television story to feature Steven Taylor.
Doctor Who: The War Machines

by
Ian Stuart Black
Cover image: Doctor Who, The War Machines, Target Books (1989)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date February 1989
Original Price 1.99
ISBN 0426203321
Cover Artists Alister Pearson and Graeme Wey
Book Number No.136

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The War Machines, featuring the First Doctor, Dodo Chaplet, Ben Jackson and Polly.

Back Cover Blurb
London, 1966 — when the TARDIS materialises outside the Post Office Tower the Doctor becomes aware of a powerful and evil force nearby, so he and the ever-curious Dodo set off to investgate.

Inside the tower they track down the source of power to Professor Brett and WOTAN, his revolutionary new computer.

Designed as a universal problem solver, WOTAN has suddenly begun to think for itself and has formulated a deadly plan. Using its phenomenal power it will programme humans to build mobile fighting computers, and with these indestructible war machines WOTAN will take over the world...
Television Story
The War Machines
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

25/06/66 Episode 1 Ian Stuart Black
02/07/66 Episode 2 Ian Stuart Black
09/07/66 Episode 3 Ian Stuart Black
16/07/66 Episode 4 Ian Stuart Black

Based on an idea by Kit Pedler.
Notes
  • The War Machines was the last of Ian Stuart Blacks three Doctor Who novelisations to be published, after The Savages in 1986 and The Macra Terror in 1987.
  • The War Machines was the final story to feature Dodo Chaplet, who was unceremoniously written out during Episode 2. Although never seen on screen again, the character would later re-appear in David Bishop's continuity-laden novel Who Killed Kennedy, in which she would be written out of the Doctor Who universe in a far more permanent manner...

    With Dodo despatched to the country to recuperate, the end of the story saw the Doctor leaving 1960s London with two new companions, Ben Jackson and Polly.
Doctor Who: The Smugglers

by
Terrance Dicks
Cover image: Doctor Who, The Smugglers, WH Allen (1988)
Country UK
Format Hardback
Publisher WH Allen
Publication Date June 1988
Original Price 7.95
ISBN 0491031483
Cover Artist Alister Pearson

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Smugglers, featuring the First Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly.

Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Smugglers
UK | Paperback | Target Books | November 1988 | 1.99 | 0426203283 | No.133

A 17th century Cornish town — villainous pirates roam the seas searching for treasure while the townspeople have turned to smuggling, wheeling and dealing in contraband.

Into this wild and remote place the TARDIS materializes and the Doctor and his companions find themselves caught up in the dubious activities of the locals.

When the Doctor is unwittingly given a clue to the whereabouts of the treasure, the pirates are determined to extract the information — whatever the cost...
Television Story
The Smugglers
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

10/09/66 Episode 1 Brian Hayles
17/09/66 Episode 2 Brian Hayles
24/09/66 Episode 3 Brian Hayles
01/10/66 Episode 4 Brian Hayles
Notes
  • The Smugglers was the last of the Doctor Who novelisations to be released in hardback by WH Allen. By 1988 sales had fallen to an unsustainable level and the decision was taken to release the novelisations solely in paperback. After the publication of The Smugglers there was therefore a six month gap before the paperback releases had caught up with the hardback schedules and any "new" titles were published.
  • The Smugglers was the second of Brain Hayles' six stories for the television series.
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet

by
Gerry Davis
Cover image: Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet, Target Books (1976) Front Cover Back Cover
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Target Books
Publication Date February 1976
Original Price 40p
ISBN 0426110684
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Book Number (No.62)

A novelisation of the 1966 television story The Tenth Planet, featuring the First Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly.

Later Target reprints would be numbered No.62 in the Doctor Who Library.

Back Cover Blurb
The Sergeant blinked again. Three lights were moving towards him through the murk of the blizzard. Even as he looked, the lights changed into three tall, straight figures clad in silver-armoured suits, advancing across the ice with a slow deliberate step. Horror-struck, the Sergeant reached for his gun, and a stream of bullets sprayed across the marching figures. BUT THEY CONTINUED MARCHING...

The CYBERMEN have arrived. The first invasion of Earth by this invincible, fearless race — and the last thrilling adventure of the first DOCTOR WHO.
Other Editions
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet
UK | Hardback | Allan Wingate Ltd | February 1976 | 2.25 | 0855230622
Released simultaneously with the paperback edition from Target Books.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet
UK | Paperback | Target Books | February 1993 | 3.50 | 0426110684 | No.62
A brand new edition, with new cover art by Alister Pearson.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet
UK | Paperback | BBC Books | May 2012 | 4.99 | 978-1849904742
One of a second batch of six classic Doctor Who novelisations re-released by BBC Books the same month, each of which was modelled after the first Target editions and used the original artwork, in this case by Chris Achilleos. Each volume also contained a new background chapter about the characters and situations and an introduction — in the case of Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet the latter was by Tom MacRae, who had written Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel for the television series in 2006. To round things off, all six books had the logo in gold foil.
Next Book

"We were exactly like you once. Then our cybernetic scientists realised that our race was weakening. Our scientists and doctors invented spare parts for our bodies until we could be almost completely replaced."

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a space tracking base in the Antarctic — and straight into trouble. A space mission is going badly wrong, and a new planet has appeared in the sky.

Mondas, ancient fabled twin planet of Earth, has returned. Soon its inhabitants arrive. But while they used to be just like the humans of Earth, now they are very different. Devoid of emotions, their bodies replaced with plastic and steel, the Cybermen are here.

Humanity needs all the help it can get, but the one man who seems to know what is going on is terminally ill. As the Cybermen take over, the Doctor is dying...

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON THE FINAL STORY TO FEATURE THE FIRST DOCTOR, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 8 TO 29 OCTOBER 1966. THIS WAS THE FIRST DOCTOR WHO STORY TO FEATURE THE CYBERMEN.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell in his very last adventure, and his companions Ben and Polly.
Flag of UK Click for cover image Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet
eBook | BBC Digital | May 2012
Digital edition of the book re-released the same month in paperback by BBC Books.
Television Story
The Tenth Planet
4 × 25 Minutes | BBC1 | Black and White

08/10/66 Episode 1 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
15/10/66 Episode 2 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
22/10/66 Episode 3 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
29/10/66 Episode 4 Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
Notes
  • Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet was the first new novelisation to feature the First Doctor since Doctor Who and the Crusaders in 1966.
  • The novelisation of The Tenth Planet was the second of five to be written by Gerry Davis, and was the first story to feature the Cybermen, arguably second only to the Daleks in terms of popularity with the public.

    Despite apparently being wiped out at the conclusion of the story when their home planet of Mondas was destroyed, they would re-appear no less that nine times over the following twenty-two years, after apparently establishing themselves on the planet Telos.

    Needless to say, while Series 1 Doctor Who television series in 2005 had revived the Daleks, the second saw the return of the Cybermen (albeit ones from a parallel universe) in the two-part Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel.

    The 1985 television story Attack of the Cybermen would see a return to the storyline of The Tenth Planet as the continuity-heavy tale saw the Telosian Cybermen attempting to avert the destruction of Mondas, by crashing Halley's Comet into the Earth, and changing the course of established history.
  • The Tenth Planet was the final television story of the First Doctor's era. The character would return, however, in both 1973 and 1983 in the anniversary stories The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors. The story was also the first to introduce the concept of regeneration. At the conclusion of the story, the Doctor's body changes into that of a younger man — the Second Doctor. In reality, this was done to enable the producers to replace William Hartnell who was now suffering from ill health.